BigBadFJ previously said:
any idea on how effective an extinguisher is after the constant heat build up inside a car during the day.
Wow! I finally get to answer a question with some knowledge.
Worked as a fulltime firefighter for 10 years, have worked part time as a fire extinguisher tech for 3 years at Fererra Fire Inc., quit there to teach part time and Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute.
I do have an idea as far as how effective it will be. The extinguisher itself is not effected by heat build up what so ever. Remember this things are ment to withstand a little heat for fire operations. But you can check some things on the extinguisher to help yourself out in the event of fire. First: Nozzle. Make sure it doesn't have any creepy crawls inside that found a nice home. In vehicles it'll be dirt dobbers maybe just dirt in general from a dirty ride.
Second: Hose (attached to the nozzle) make sure it's not dry rotten. For vehicles this can be common because of the heat of the day, but if it's under 4 years old it shouldn't be a problem, as it usually takes this long for this to naturally happen. Third: Pressure Guage. It's on the side and should be in the "green" if not, drop by a firestation and have them check it out.
Here's some more knowledge. There are different types of extinguishers A,B,C,D,K,Halon, Wet.
Class A Fire= ancipiant, woods, papers
Class B Fire= Flammable Liquids
Class C Fire= Electrical Fires
Class D Fire= Flammable Metal
Class K Fire ext.= For grease fires, you'll see these in Hood systems in Kitchens
Halon=Stay Away From Them YOU CAN DIE FROM ASORBTION OF HALON! They're mainly used in big computer rooms for servers and in plants but are being phased out due to the dangers of it's use.
Wet extinguishers= "Pump Cans" or water extinguishers really self explanitory.
cruiserdude, I see you HAVE a Halon. I'd get ride of it my man. They are phasing these out because security guards come check on the room to see if it is fire, and bam. . .instant vegtable. We wear full gear when a Halon system is discharged even if by accedent with no fire. That's only if you have to go in there.I'd bring it by and exchange it for an ABC ext. Cheaper on funeral fees too.
I'd mount a 5lb. ABC ext. if needed. But remember even though it has a "C" on it for electrical fire it will still carry a charge. It uses a "broken" pattern of dry powder type ABC Chemical (which is also HIGHLY corrosive too!) but the problem is that is discharges so fast it will give you a little jolt. It won't hurt to bad, just enough to let you know it's there and you stop. But you can kick it back up again.
Stay at least 5 ft away and sweep DO NOT GOUGE ANY FUEL and be mindfull of people around you.
Also I'm with the other guy on here. LET THAT SUCKER BURN! Call the FD and your insurance company, that's why you've got it! But for now if you want to have one the best to buy is called a "Purple K". It's best on vehicle fires.http://www.smokesign.com/purkfirex.html
That's the one's the military carries in all of they're vehicles, even tanks and choppers.
Oh yeah forgot about Co2 Extinguishers, but don't worry about those in a vehicle. WAAAAaaayy TO HEAVY!